Thank you for visiting the Governor section of the Abbeyfield School website. Here you will find details about our roles, our responsibilities and some background information about all the different Governors.
I was elected Chair in December 2019 and I am very much looking forward to working with my fellow Governors alongside the Heads, the staff and all those who share our hopes for the future life of this school. Next year we celebrate our 20th anniversary and as we reflect on the achievements of the past we will also be making exciting plans for the future.
We are also looking forward to meeting students and their families at the various school events and to hearing their thoughts and ideas. I know that I speak on behalf of all the Governors when I say that we are all very proud to be involved with Abbeyfield and determined to see the school flourish so that every young person achieves his or her full potential.
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I have lived in Wiltshire for most of my life having been born in Bradford on Avon and attended St Laurence School. Abbeyfield is my 4th school and my second as a senior leader. I have been at the school for just over 10 years and have been involved in all aspects. Having taken on the role as Co-Headteacher in January 2019 I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to continue the progress we have made, in a substantive position from September 2020. I live in the surrounding area with my wife and two children so know first-hand how difficult it is today for the young people growing up. Sport is my passion so I can often be found relaxing on a court or golf course at the weekend.
I have lived near Melksham since 1982 when I was working in Bath for Christie-Tyler plc, UK’s largest furniture manufacturer.
I have also held senior management positions in The Industrial Society and The Prince’s Trust. I was a founding director of Healthwatch Wiltshire and was Chairman of the governors of Forest & Sandridge School.
I have been a Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire since 1998. I am married to Annie and we have 4 children.
I am excited, as a resident of the area since 1994, to be appointed as a Governor of the school and look forward to participating on the Finance and Resources Committee. I am a Chartered Surveyor by background, mainly from an investment and finance of real estate perspective as well as the development and management of property. I have also run businesses, served on the Boards of many UK, US and European companies primarily, but not exclusively, related to real estate investments. I have lived and worked in the USA (16 years), Luxembourg (1 year) as well as in London, but am now recently retired, so I am delighted to be able to devote some of my new found time to Abbeyfield School. I am married to Brenda
I have always held an ambition to work in education, and following a move to Bristol in 2010 I took the opportunity to apply to UWE and retrain as a teacher. On completion of my PGCE, I started at Abbeyfield as an NQT in Sept 2013. In my time at Abbeyfield, alongside my classroom teacher role, I have had a range of leadership responsibilities, and was appointment to my current role as Head of 6th Form in September 2019. Since this time, I have overseen improved retention and outcomes, and I look forward to continuing to build on this success. Prior to retraining for teaching I worked in business management for 16 years, so have lots of experience that I can bring to the role of Staff Governor.
My name is Bryan Slade and I have two children, a son, who attends Chippenham College and a daughter who attends Kings Lodge School. I am a local business owner whose company offers compliance training courses, Health & Safety Advice and services. We also provide Medical cover for events. I have been running the business in its current state for about 7 years now and although Covid restrictions have impacted, we have emerged stronger. Before running my own business, I used to work in leisure, either as a Duty Manager or as the Centre Manager, always with a keen interest in Health & Safety and training. After leisure I worked for Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Services (Now called Dorset and Wiltshire), I was employed for 2 years as their Health, Safety and Environmental Assistant Advisor. I am also a Community First Responder for the South West Ambulance Service. I am joining the governing board as I am passionate about education. By supporting teachers, the Head, the pupils and of course the parents/guardians in getting the most out of the school and all the skills and services it has to offer. I can help ensure that everyone is safe and healthy in an environment where they can grow, learn and try new things and ideas, but safely and with no negative effects to their wellbeing.
I am thrilled to be to joining the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor at Abbeyfield School and consider it a privilege to be involved in the school and local community in this way. I will also be joining the Finance and Resources Committee.
I strongly believe in the difference that good governance can make to the success of a school and I believe that my enthusiasm, experience and range of skills will enable me to make a positive contribution.
I am a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel & Development (MCIPD) with 20 years’ experience in HR. I currently lead the HR operations team at Wiltshire College and I am a member of the College Management Group. I have previously held HR management roles in the NHS and private sector. In particular, I have substantial experience in managing change within complex / governed environments, policy development and performance management.
I was brought up in Swansea and went on to study International Business and Modern Languages at Aston University. I worked and studied in France, Dublin and the South East of England before settling in Wiltshire in 2002. I now live in Calne, am married and have one son at Abbeyfield. In my spare time, I am actively involved in Calne SMaRTT running and triathlon team. I also love exploring new places and take the opportunity to do this as much as possible – in person or in a book!
I was pleased to be appointed in December 2019 as a co-opted governor for Abbeyfield. In my work life I am a Vice President for a global technology company and responsible for business across EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa) and APAC (Asia Pacific). I have experience of building business strategy and plans and working with many different types of companies all over the world. I am excited about bringing this experience to my role as governor particularly around the schools’ technology provision.
Calne-Stockley has been home for the last 15 years, I am married to Jo and have three children, one of whom currently attends Abbeyfield.
I am a social worker and work for Wiltshire Council currently as a manager within the Integrated Front Door Service (MASH and EDS). I have held a number of social work and management roles within Wiltshire’s children’s services for the past 8 years including within the Support and Safeguarding Service (SASS), MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub), EDS (Emergency Duty Service) and the Stronger Families Team. As well as my core role in triaging new referrals to children’s services, chairing strategy discussions, overseeing assessment work, supervising social workers and other staff and being duty manager for our out of hours service for all of children’s services across the county I have a number of additional roles I have become involved with. I have previously worked as a Parent Support Advisor in Wiltshire Schools, as a Residential Child Care Officer at a Wiltshire Special School and as a Therapeutic Practitioner / Support Worker within several residential children’s homes.
I am passionate about education and learning and development in general and am currently a co-opted governor at St Nicholas Primary in Bromham. I have taken a lead on Safeguarding and SEND within this role and have been a governor there for around 5 years. I have a daughter and twin boys. We live in Bromham and I have grown up in Wiltshire attending local schools myself.
I was born in London in 1960 but spent my childhood in Didcot in Oxfordshire where my Mum’s family lived. We moved to Chippenham in 1977 and I attended Chippenham Technical College (now Wiltshire College) and successfully completed the London Chamber of Commerce Secretarial Studies Certificate. I joined the Civil Service as an Administrative Officer and worked for the Department of Work & Pensions in St Paul’s House, Chippenham until 2015 when I transferred to the Ministry of Defence. I currently work for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in their Corps Headquarters in Lyneham. I assist in the recruitment of officers and soldiers to our Corps and also soldiers who wish to transfer in. Two years ago I completed a Level 3 IT qualification. My two daughters went to Abbeyfield School and are now doing well. My hobbies are gardening, crossword puzzles, quizzes and entering competitions. I love to read, mostly fiction, but science and history interest me greatly. I enjoy films, all genres except horror, and especially enjoy Marvel escapism! I am a big fan of wildlife and love walking in nature.
I am pleased to have been appointed as a Parent Governor at Abbeyfield School. I moved to Wiltshire from Berkshire two years ago and have settled in really well and am enjoying being part of the local community. I currently have a son in Y7 and next year my daughter is hoping to be at Abbeyfield with her brother.
I work full time as a VAT Tax Specialist and enjoy the challenge it presents. My time outside of work is taken up with family and friends and I enjoy reading, yoga and watching films. I really hope I can bring the parent’s perspective to my role as Parent Governor and am looking forward to getting started!
I have been a primary school governor since January 2014. In that time I have been work stream lead, Chair and Vice Chair. I am looking forward to meeting the different challenges of secondary education. During my time at Abbeyfield I will endeavour to help the school wherever I can; though I can guarantee my view is not always from an educationalist’s point.
I live in Bowerhill and am married and have two daughters one who attends Abbeyfield in Year 7 the other is in the last year of primary school. I am a fully qualified electrical contracts manager and have experience of not just designing and wiring, but also running projects to timescales and within financial budgets, which has helped with some of the projects I have had with the primary school in the past. I like to think I have an open mind and am willing to consider any suggestions put to me. I believe I am a good listener with a balanced outlook on life. My ultimate aim is always to help the school travel the path best suited for the education of the children while upholding the school’s values. I look forward to working with the team.